Congress Members Who Approve Militarization of U.S. Police Receive 73% More Money from Defense Industry
Americans of all stripes oppose the militarization of U.S. police forces.
A December 2013 Reason-Rupe poll found that 58% of Americans thought that police militarization has gone too far
A new Pew research poll shows that a plurality of people think that the police have gone too far in Ferguson, Missouri
So why does Congress continue to approve militarization? For the same reason that Congress members vote for NSA spying on Americans and go easy on Wall Street criminals: money. Read The Full Story
The approach is all too familiar, and Joshua James hopes the result will be the same.
James, 33, is walking across the state campaigning for the seat of U.S. senator, which is held by Lamar Alexander.
In 1978, Alexander gained attention when he walked the state while running for governor of Tennessee wearing a red and black flannel shirt.
"He's been in power my entire life, and I have not been represented," James said. "I'm the next generation. ... I've been campaigning since January, hitting up some of the smaller areas waiting to see who I would face after the primary."
James, a conservative independent from Murfreesboro, is one of several independent candidates opposing Alexander, a Republican who is looking for a third term. Gordon Ball, of Knoxville, won the Democratic primary. The general election is Nov. 4. Read The Full Story
According to a recent study conducted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism (START), which surveyed 364 officials from 175 law enforcement agencies, America's top perceived terrorist threat is an ideological subculture of extreme opposition to the government known as the sovereign citizens movement. The START survey found that 86 percent of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that sovereign citizens present a serious terrorist threat, compared to 67 percent that said so of Islamic extremists. Read The Full Story
Despite Ferguson’s relative poverty, fines and court fees comprise the second largest source of revenue for the city, a total of 2,635,400,” according to the ArchCity Defenders report. And in 2013, the Ferguson Municipal Court issued 24,532 arrest warrants and 12,018 cases, “or about 3 warrants and 1.5 cases per household. Read The Full Story